They say the midstream industry is a small, tight-knit link in the energy chain. Maybe so, and certainly none of the sector is more tightly knit than the Jaggi family: Father Dennis, based in Oklahoma City with one of the sector’s largest private-equity firms; son Ryan in Fort Worth, Texas, with an up-and-coming, privately held midstream operator; and daughter-in-law Cindy in Dallas with one of the sector’s largest players. Besides a name, they share two other attributes: All three are engineers by training and graduates of Missouri University of Science and Technology.

The trio gathered recently on a rainy morning in Dallas to share an impromptu reunion with Midstream Business. The lively conversation included tough, voice-of-experience business advice; touching family insights that made some eyes wet—and no small amount of laughter.